WHAT IS R.A.P.?
The Rapid Adjudication Program is designed to process criminal cases involving minor offenses through the court system more quickly.
You have the opportunity to be formally arraigned, plead guilty and be sentenced in one court appearance, rather than in three separate appearances.
- Faster Disposition of your case
- Potential for reduced legal fees
- Defendants will not have to report to Adult Probation for a pre-sentence Interview. All necessary paperwork will be completed in advance.
- Paperwork for work release will be provided in instances where jail time is expected.
HOW TO R.A.P.
Within ten (10) days of receiving notice from the District Attorney's Office, you must:
- Make Application
- Agree to waive preliminary hearing
WHO QUALIFIES FOR R.A.P.?
- Any defendant who is planning to plead guilty. RAP is simply a means of moving through the criminal justice system more quickly and conveniently.
- Everyone is eligible for RAP, but all applicants must be approved for the program by the District Attorney’s Office
If accepted into the program there are certain things that will occur:
- Payment of fines, costs, and restitution will be determined by the Judge.
- A $200.00 processing cost will be assessed as a cost of prosecution.
HOW DOES R.A.P. WORK?
If you meet the requirements for this program, you will make an appointment with the ARD-RAP Administrator. You will be asked to complete the RAP application, which will then be reviewed and verified by the administrator. The administrator will meet with you, review the application, answer any question, explain the Program and have you complete a Guilty Plea Colloquy and a Post Sentencing Colloquy.
If you meet all of the criteria for qualification which have been established by the District Attorney, you will be scheduled to appear in Court on a Wednesday morning to plead guilty and be sentenced.